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Library board ponders county aid for services
The Glynn County Library Board of Trustees met Wednesday for the first time since voting in December to become an independent, single-county library system.

The board, with three new trustees attending their first meeting, quickly got down to business, focusing on how to make the transition from a long time member of the Three Rivers Regional Library System to an independent library system effective July 1.

"We've got a lot of work ahead the next few months," said Matthew Permar, chairman of the board of library trustees.

One of the immediate tasks trustees discussed was hiring a new St. Simons Library manager to replace Jenny Herring, who submitted her resignation last week without explanation.

"We're going to need to move as quickly as we can on this," Permar said of hiring a replacement for Herring.

It will take about two months to hire a St. Simons Library manager.

County Administrator Alan Ours told trustees an intergovernmental agreement should be high on the list of priorities for trustees. Some areas where the county could help with services currently provided by the Three Rivers System include technical, computer, financial, personnel and building maintenance.

But without a formal agreement, Ours said it would be difficult for the county to help the library system.

He cautioned trustees that any services the county does not provide will have to be funded by the new library system.

Permar asked trustees to develop a list of services the county can provide for discussion at a special called meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 22. A transition committee will also be created at the meeting, to be held at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library on Gloucester Street.

Ours advised trustees to begin their search for a new library system director so whoever is hired will be prepared to start working July 1, when Glynn County is officially independent.

Another issue trustees will deal with - a new name for the library system - seems to have an obvious solution, but Robert Doud-Williams said choosing a name such as Glynn County Library System might be a mistake.

Doud-Williams said it's possible other counties may want to withdraw from the Three Rivers System and partner with Glynn County sometime in the future. He asked trustees to consider names that are not Glynn County or Golden Isles specific.

The board of trustees voted Dec. 13, 2012, to leave the seven-county Three Rivers Library System following on ongoing dispute over $200,000 collected by a citizen organization for the St. Simons Island Library before it became part of the public library system.

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